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Christian Coaching, Gary R. Collins
Book Description: Coaching is a hot topic today. No longer just a word for the athletic arena, a personal coach can guide us in many areas of life. Dr. Gary R. Collins has taken the successful principles of coaching and given them a God-centered application for our lives and the church. Through stories, insights, and interviews with influential coaches, Collins gives us a model of Christian coaching that inspires vision, passion, and a sense of purpose. Christian Coaching demonstrates the characteristics of an effective coach, how to incorporate those characteristics into one’s life, and how to coach and lead others with the same leadership style Jesus demonstrated: servant leadership.
From the Inside Flap: Help others get from where they are to where they want to be. Hal is an engineer who works for a large company. He has a good job with an excellent income and his future looks bright. Living in a comfortable home in a desirable neighborhood, he is surrounded by others who are also highly successful, upwardly mobile young professionals. The whole family is active in a good church where Hal was recently elected as a church deacon. He and his wife teach a Sunday school class. He is a member of a health club and has enlisted the services of a workout coach and a tennis coach. From all outward appearances, Hal has it made. Why would he need a life coach? Hal is miserable. In his busy life he has no time to reflect on where he is headed or even relax and enjoy where he is now. Solitude or time alone with God never seems to happen. He would like to get off this treadmill, but doesn’t know where to begin. He needs someone to come alongside him, listen, and give him honest feedback. He needs a life coach. Working with a coach, he can evaluate where he is in his life, form a vision of where he wants to go, and set priorities and goals to get there. Well-known author Gary R. Collins gives us a how-to book for becoming a Christian coach. “Coaching is the art and practice of guiding a person or group from where they are toward the greater competence and fulfillment that they desire.” Coaching is not about looking back. It is about looking ahead. It is about helping people:
Discover a life purpose
Map a clearer vision for the future
Develop a mission statement
Find and articulate clear values
Learn to manage change effectively
Strengthen communication skills
Get out of a rut
Gain the courage to take risks
Nurture a closer walk with God
Filled with valuable coaching principles, as well as interviews with experienced and practicing Christian coaches, Christian Coaching will motivate and inspire you to help others turn potential into reality.
About the Author Gary R. Collins, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of more than fifty books, including Christian Counseling, How to Be a People Helper, and The Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling. Dr. Collins was a professor at Trinity International University for twenty years. More recently, he served as the first president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and was the founding editor of Christian Counseling Today magazine. A graduate of The Institute for Life Coach Training, Dr. Collins currently heads an international alliance of Christian counselors committed to uniting and building Christian caregiver leaders worldwide. He and his wife, Julie, live in northern Illinois.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (December, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.